Dr. Nicole Ross joined the faculty as an assistant professor of optometry in 2014 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care. Dr. Ross’ clinical area of expertise in is in low vision rehabilitation. She is a clinical instructor for optometry interns in low vision at NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth, and Perkins School for the blind. At the college, Dr. Ross is an instructor for the following courses: Low Vision Rehabilitation throughout the Life Span and Principle and Practice of Optometry I and II.
Dr. Ross matriculated from the New England College of Optometry dual degree OD / MSc program achieving honors with distinction in both degrees. She conducted her dissertation work in low vision research at Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ross was presented with the 2009 Atwell Award in low vision at the annual ARVO meeting for this work.
Dr. Ross then completed her residency in vision rehabilitation at Ohio State University where she also supervised and participated in the clinical teaching of student interns. Subsequently, she completed a two-year clinical fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Additionally, part of her time in the fellowship program was devoted to clinical research within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ross continues to have research interests in evaluating outcomes of low vision rehabilitation care and low vision aid device development.
Dr. Ross became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 2012 and has authored several research papers, abstracts, and recently co-authored a textbook chapter on stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Ross has been an invited speaker to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry and most recently at the Vision 2014 International Conference on Low Vision in Melbourne, Australia.